Writing Contests

Deadline: 
November 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Briar Cliff Review are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than six pages or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by November 1. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Briar Cliff Review, Writing Contests, Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, IA 51104. (712) 279-1651. Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Editor.

Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: 
October 3, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Zoetrope: All-Story website is given annually for a short story. The winner and finalists are considered for representation by several literary agencies, including the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency, the Gernert Company, International Creative Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and William Morris Endeavor. Anthony Marra will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee by October 3. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Zoetrope: All-Story, Short Fiction Contest, 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133.

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Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

Deadline: 
November 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$15,000

A prize of $15,000 and publication by Fiction Collective Two, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have published at least three books of fiction are eligible. Mary Caponegro will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length, a brief bio, and a list of three previously published books of fiction with a $25 entry fee by November 1. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction Collective Two, Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, University of Alabama Press, P.O. Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. (773) 702-7000.

Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest

Deadline: 
November 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Fiction Collective Two is given annually for a short story collection, novella, novella collection, or novel. U.S. writers who have not previously published a book with Fiction Collective Two are eligible. Elisabeth Sheffield will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of any length with a brief bio and a $25 entry fee by November 1. Call or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Fiction Collective Two, Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest, University of Alabama Press, P.O. Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. (773) 702-7000.

Fiction Prize

Deadline: 
November 7, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 8,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana Review, between September 1 and November 7. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Indiana Review, Fiction Prize, Ballantine Hall 529, 1020 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405.

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Poetry and Fiction Prizes

Deadline: 
November 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$10
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Madison Review are given annually for a group of three poems and a short story. The editors will judge. Submit three poems totaling no more than 15 pages for the Phyllis Smart Young Prize in Poetry or a story of up to 30 pages for the Chris O'Malley Prize in Fiction with a $10 entry fee by November 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Madison Review, Poetry and Fiction Prizes, University of Wisconsin, English Department, 6193 Helen C. White Hall, 600 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706. Ron Kuka, Faculty Advisor.

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30 Below Contest

Deadline: 
November 9, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$24
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Narrative is given annually for a poem, a short story, an essay, or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer under the age of 30. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length or up to 15,000 words of prose with a $24 entry fee between September 9 and November 9. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Narrative, 30 Below Contest, 2443 Fillmore Street #214, San Francisco, CA 94115. Tom Jenks, Editor.

Mighty River Short Story Prize

Deadline: 
October 1, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$20
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Big Muddy, a literary journal published by Southeast Missouri State University Press, is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by October 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Southeast Missouri State University Press, Mighty River Short Story Prize, 1 University Plaza, Mail Stop 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Susan Swartwout, Publisher.

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Calvino Prize

Deadline: 
October 14, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,500

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Salt Hill Journal is given annually for a work of fiction written in the fabulist experimental style of Italo Calvino. The winner will also receive airfare and lodging to read at the annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 in February 2017. Jonathan Lethem will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a short story or an excerpt from a story collection, novel, or novella of up to 25 pages with a $25 entry fee by October 14. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

University of Louisville, Calvino Prize, English Department, Room 315, Bingham Humanities Building, Louisville, KY 40292.

Short Story Award

Deadline: 
August 8, 2016
Entry Fee: 
$25
Cash Prize: 
$1,000

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Gival Press website is given annually for a short story. Submit a story of 5,000 to 15,000 words with a $25 entry fee by August 8. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Gival Press, Short Story Award, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203. (703) 351-0079. Robert Giron, Editor.

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